5 Household Products That Can Revamp A Tired Wardrobe

DIY your old clothes from drab to fab with these inexpensive, common household products. Ridiculously easy steps, ridiculously cute results.

1. Bleach

Chances are you probably have a jug of this lurking around your laundry room, ruining all your towels. Just be wary—bleach is a caustic chemical, so be sure to wear rubber gloves and do your project in a well ventilated area.

Splatter-bleach or reverse tie-dye those jeans you never wear for an updated look.

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These Alexander McQueen’s will run you into the hundreds, but your pair won’t cost more than a couple pennies if you follow these steps.

Use a bleach pen to decorate solid-color leggings.

If drawing freaks you out, consider polka dots or other easy patterns.

Get a two-toned look for your old cotton shirt by dip-dyeing it in bleach.

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Make it as severe or subtle as you like by tweaking these steps. Then make a matching one for your boyfriend so you never lose track of him at the mall.

2. Scissors

For more precision, invest in high-quality fabric scissors. But if you’re desperate, any old household pair will do.

Cut out designs in the back of an old t-shirt for a trendy look.

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Here are steps for the skull cut-out. But get creative! Maybe you’re more of a nature person? Or perhaps you enjoy a good old-fashioned geometric design? Just be sure you don’t accidentally put any of these shirts on backwards before leaving the house.

People have been hacking the sleeves off t-shirts for years, but when the same concept is applied to jackets, the look becomes very “cutting” edge.

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Denim vests are all the rage, but instead of paying $90 for this Free People version, a quick trip to Goodwill and two snips of a scissor can get you the same look for $10.

Or try it with an old military jacket for a look that hasn’t been overdone.

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Get edgy with a leather-jacket-turned-vest. But be careful because this look can go horribly wrong.

Fringe a used t-shirt for quick-and-easy chic style.

This is a DIY for the DIY-challenged.

3. Needle and thread

You don’t have to be a master sewer to pull off these simple projects.

Change the buttons on a boring coat to give it a little pizzazz.

You can customize your coat to match your personal style with nothing more than a few inexpensive buttons. The only thing you need to know for this DIY is how to sew a button. (And our apologies in advance for how this woman repeatedly pronounces the word “button”).

Wrap thread around an old belt for a color-block appeal.

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The best part of this project is that you can use colors that match your wardrobe. And if you get stuck on this one, just ask your cat for help.

Embellish the collar of a plain blouse with inexpensive craft store gems.

Another highly customizable DIY. Just promise you won’t cut up grandma’s pearl necklace to get this look.

4. Fabric Dye

Admittedly, fabric dye is not always a common household product. But you can find it for only a couple of dollars at any drugstore or supermarket.

Dip-dye a cotton shirt for an “ombre” effect.

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All you need is a cotton shirt, fabric dye, and a love of all things ombre, hombre.

Tie-dye your dingy socks because white socks are sooo boring.

You won’t believe how many compliments you’ll get when these babies peak out of your shoes. Again, this project can be personalized by selecting colors and patterns that match your style.

Or simply darken faded jeans to give them new life.

When you wear away the color in your favorite pair, give ‘em a quick dye job and they’ll look good as new. This works especially well for black jeans, too. And the best part is, you’ll save bundles!

5. Ribbon

No longer just for birthday presents.

Change the laces in your favorite kicks to ribbons.

This look is especially cute for oxfords, boots, or canvas shoes and it’s incredibly easy to do. Plus, when you look down you’ll feel like you’re wearing tiny gifts on your feet.

Trim a pair of plain shorts with lace ribbon for a flirty, feminine detail.

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Some light sewing is required for this DIY, but what’s life without a little challenge?

Wrap the straps of your favorite flip-flops in ribbon for a slightly more upscale look.

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You can even add bows or rhinestones to really bling it up. Just, please, don’t get too carried away.

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